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candidates clash. sparks fly in the vice presidential debate as joe biden and paul ryan trade jabs on taxes, foreign policy and the economy in an often testy encounter. >> lower tax increase growth. >> now you're jack kennedy. >> i think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way. [ laughter ] >> containing the outbreak. health officials try to locate patients exposed to a deadly form of meningitis. and the firm that supplied the contaminated shots linked to the infection may have been operating illegally. mayor misconduct. an elderly mayor admits to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her city but she's not going jail. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, october 12, 2012.
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good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. compared to last week's presidential debate last night's face off between vice president joe biden and congressman paul ryan was like a shoot out at the ok corral. from the get go it was a pull no punches performance by both candidates. they squared off on everything from the economy to foreign affairs. randall pinkston is at the debate site in danville, kentucky. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. both candidates came here on a mission. congressman ryan to criticize the obama administration's failures and republican solutions while vice president biden was defending the presidential record and also complaining about the republican plan for the nation. >> i will be very specific -- >> reporter: vice president joe biden wasted no time challenging congressman paul ryan's take on foreign policy. >> with all due respect that's a bunch of malarky. not a single thing you said is
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accurate. >> reporter: the vice president and ryan clashed over the economy. taxes. and medicare. with the democrat often on the attack. >> they are holding hostage the middle class tax cut. about time they take some responsibility. >> reporter: but ryan fired back. he slammed the obama administration's economic record. >> this is not what a real recovery looks like. we need real reforms for a eal recovery and that's what mitt romney and i are proposing. >> reporter: after several heated exchanges ryan said romney's performance last week is motivating the vice president. >> i know you're under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground. >> reporter: as for who won it depends who you ask. instant polls taken right after the debate are mixed. in a cbs news poll of uncommitted voters 50% thought the vice president won. 31% sided for ryan and 19% called it a tie. not surprisingly both sides claimed victory. mitt romney's campaign said biden seemed off balance and strange.
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the president's team said the debate exposed the risk of electing a romney/ryan ticket. the candidatesalso disagreed over foreign policy. congressman ryan pointing to the death of four americans in libya as an indication of weakness abroad while biden said romney's campaign talks first before they know what the facts are. reporting live in danville, i'm randall pinkston. that cbs news poll found the overall impressions of both vice presidential candidate improved after the debate. 55% think biden is somebody they can relate to. 48% think ryan is. both candidates on how uncommitted voters feel about them as being effective president. we break down last night's face
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off. >> reporter: joe biden came out very aggressive in this debate and maintained that tone throughout. to republicans he was rude. they were using the word unhinged, complaining about his smirking. for democrats it's exactly what they wanted to see. a week ago president obama was very passive in his debate against mitt romney. it was frustrating for democrats. they wanted to see him take to it mitt romney. he didn't do that. joe biden took it to paul ryan. he interrupted. he dominated the debate. as for ryan he was fine. he was on message. he certainly didn't alienate anyone. this night was about joe biden and about changing the narrative and getting democrats more excited and engaged in this race. now a vice presidential debate almost certainly is not going to change the fundamentals of the contest but it is going to give the democrats a reason to feel good and it is going to set president obama up to be more aggressive and take it to romney in the presidential debate next week. >> two more presidential debates left. next tuesday in hempstead, new york.
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and october 22nd in boca raton, florida. you can watch both of them right here on cbs. federal health officials said they contacted 12,000 of the roughly 14,000 people injected with that taint eed steroid linked to the deadly outbreak of meningitis. infections have been reported in 11 states. 14 people have died. we have more on the drug company that sold the contaminated drug. >> reporter: the new england compounding center shipped more than 17,000 vials of a single drug to 23 states. the safety director of the massachusetts department of health said certainly necc was not operating as far as the investigation has seen so far in accordance with the massachusetts licensing regulation. that's because massachusetts law says compounding pharmacies which mix custom made medicines must have a prescription for every patient for each dose it
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sends out. necc shipped the tainted steroid out to medical facilities in bulk without these prescriptions. cbs news called the necc for a response. the company did not immediately respond. government health officials acknowledge there's a regulatory gap when it comes compounding pharmacies. for instance massachusetts does not have the authority to track how many vials of a drug are produced. at the federal level the food and drug administration does not have clear authority to examine records in a compounding pharmacy. fda is seeking more authority. this pharmacist served on a package creating federal regulations for the compounding pharmacy industry. >> who is minding the store in terms of regulation? >> the fda has worked very hard over the last several years to try to promulgate regulations, to clearly define when does a compounding pharmacy exceed its
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pharmacy and become a manufacturer under the purview of the fda. >> the cdc found so far the main fungus responsible is an organism that has never been found to cause meningitis before and a panel of infectious disease experts has been called in how to figure out how to diagnose it and treat it. lawyers for the suspect in the colorado movie theater shooting want a preliminary hearing in the case postponed until next year. james holmes' attorney said they need more time to go through the evidence. he's accused of killing 12 people and wounding at least 58 people. and kenneth feinberg met with victims and their families while trying to figure out how to distribute $5 million in charitable donations. >> our goal you get the money before thanksgiving. done. no obligation on your part other than to accept it. what you do with it is your own business. >> holmes' preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for november.
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he has yet to enter a plea. overseas hezbollah said it launched a drone that made it into israeli airspace early last saturday. the fighter jet shot down the unmanned aircraft. it destroyed near an israeli nuclear facility. israel said the unmanned craft carried no weapons and appeared to be on a reconnaissance mission. when we come back, road trip, the shuttle "endeavour" makes a slow journey take it through the streets of los angeles as it heads to its permanent home. this is the morning news. home. this is the morning news.
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the route just to allow the shuttle to get through. steel plates were added to the streets to accommodate the load. >> people had suggested using a helicopter, for example, and it's just not possible. it's too heavy. it's the largest vehicle ever moved on earth on the ground ever. >> a helicopter? "endeavour" will complete the 12 mile road trip from los angeles international airport to the california space center in a couple of days. traffic is going to be a mess. cbs moneywatch time now on a friday. two giants try to make a connection. get ready to pay more for a stamp. we have more. >> reporter: asian markets were mixed following more worries about weak corporate earnings. tokyo's nikkei shed a fraction. hang seng added half of a percent. the labor department reported the number of people filing new claims for unemployment declined to the lowest level in 4 1/2 years but the news did little to
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move the stock market. the dow lost 18 points on thursday. the nasdaq was off two points. a japanese cell phone company wants to buy 70% of struggling sprint-nextel corporation. sprint is the third largest cell phone company in the u.s. it continues to lose high paying subscribers to verizon and at&t. it is valued at about $13 billion. the price of corn jumped 5% on the commodities market and will mean higher prices for meats and other products that contain corn. throughout damaged corn for december delivery finished at $7.73 a bushel on thursday. the agriculture department expects the harvest will be the smallest in six years. the drought in the corn belt is the worst in half a century. and a penny more for your thoughts at least if you're planning to mail them the financially strapped postal service said. the price of a first class
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letter will go up one cent in january to 46 cents. rates will increase for other services. the postal service lost more than $5 billion last year. >> one cent isn't that bad. straight ahead. your friday morning weather and in sports more late inning magic in baseball's post-season. find out who is moving on and who is going home. who is moving on and who is going home.
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. in new york partly sunny 60 degrees. partly sunny in miami 87. mostly sunny in chicago, 56 degrees partly sunny in dallas, 85. and partly sunny in los angeles, 70 degrees. let's check your national forecast. northeast windy and chilly. showers and thunderstorms will extend from the southern plains to the tennessee valley. tornadoes, hail and damaging winds are possible across oklahoma and west texas. as much as a foot of snow is likely over higher elevations of the central rockies. heavy rain will soak lower elevation. the northwest will be raining. in sports this morning all eight of major league baseball's post-season teams in action last night. some are heading home for the winter storm. game five of the tigers and a's. detroit rolling with their ace. justin verlander has a shutout. tigers eliminate the a's 6-0. in new york yankees do the same for orioles. a moment of silence for father
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of joe guy -- gi rm impgir as -- makes a leaping catch at the wall then throws to the infield. double up new york's russell martin. this is an extra inning affair. top of the 13th. comes around to core on a j.j. harding double. baltimore has a 2-1 lead. orioles closer jim johnson shut the door, baltimore wins 2-1 and forces a fifth game tonight. in the national league san francisco headed on to the nlcs, top of the fifth, giants delivers a knock out punch to the reds. grand slam home run makes it 5-0. giants win 6-4 and come back from a two game deficit to win the series. in washington the nationals keep their post-season dreams alive. a walkoff home run. nats stop the card 2-1 and force a decisive game five tonight. in the nfl the steelers go on the road to face the titans, pittsburgh up by a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
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tennessee ties it on a five yard touchdown catch. steelers trying to take the lead with a late field goal. and coming up short on a 54-yard. that gives the titans one more shot. titans win it 26-23. we'll talk about this. let's talk about michael vick. he's now a dog owner. he spent time in prison on dogfighting charges. he's not allowed to have a dog during probation. he said he wants his children to develop a healthy relationship with animals. this week he was questioned about whether he owned a dog after a picture showed him with an open box of dog biscuit on the table. if you look closely it's there on the table. i thought michael vick liked dog biscuits. i wouldn't have known any better. when we come back small town shocker, a 91-year-old alabama mayor is arrested for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her own town for years. own town for years. that make kids happy. and even fewer that make moms happy too.
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plus: firefighters are battg an early morning fire in mil valley. how the occupants were able to escape safely. so who came out on top of lt night's vice- presidential debate? we've got all the highlights and the magic runs out for e bay area baseball team. whos to keep their playoff dreams alive. join us for cbs 5 eyewitness news this morning... beginng at 4:30. good morning. it's friday, october 12th. i'm frank mall,,,,
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. partly sunny in washington, 67 degrees. sunny in atlanta 80. mostly cloudy in st. louis 66 degrees. 67 in denver. drizzle in seattle 67 degrees. when californians go to the polls next month they will be asked to decide whether genetically modified food should come with a label. the out come of proposition 37 is expected to have far reaching effects. >> reporter: supporters of california's proposition 37 took to the streets of oakland. the organic consumer association has gathered over 200,000 signatures in support of the measure. it calls for labelling foods containing genetic modified organisms. or gmos. on the other side corporations have contributed $35 million to fight prop 37 with biotech giant
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monsanto leading the way. >> i'm a worried grocer. >> reporter: ray martinez said labelling would be a costly burden for grocers. >> the paper work alone is a nightmare. every shipment we get, every product, every time, we need to keep records, written records of that. >> reporter: the vast majority of corn and soy beans grown in this country come from genetically modified seeds engineered in a lab to resist insects and pesticides. those crops are then used in a huge variety of processed food from cereals to soda. prop 37 would inform shoppers those products contain gmo. the food giants claim the labels will make consumers think there's something wrong with the food. the pro labelling side insist as growing number of studies are linking genetically modified foods to possible health risks including obesity and allergies.
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>> americans have a right to know what's in their food. and corporations don't have a right to hide that information. >> reporter: polls show the measure is likely to pass and supporters hope it's the start of a national trend. teresa garcia, cbs news, los angeles. the 91-year-old mayor of river falls alabama has resigned after pleading guilty to stealing from the small town. mary hixon admitted to stealing $201,000 in the last three years. she was sentenced to ten years in prison. because of her advanced age that term was suspended. years of theft left the city all but broke. hixon and her estate will have to repay that money. she looks like such an innocent cute old lady. residents who were elected to come forward because she's a little old lady. who can you trust nowadays? you got to watch everybody. doesn't make any sense. coming up after your local news on cbs "this morning" the hidden fees in your checking account. you don't want to miss that. i'm terrell brown in new york. this is the "cbs morning news". i'm terrell brown in new york.
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a soldier got a hero's welcome when he returned home to michigan this week after his third tour of duty in afghanistan. elaine quijano reports it's been a long journey from the battlefield to a high school homecoming. >> reporter: the homecoming game in michigan always draws a big crowd. but this year was special. they welcomed home one of their favorite football stars, a man who went on to become army staff sergeant travis mills. >> this is awesome. okay. yeah. >> reporter: mills was on his third tour in afghanistan. in april a bomb exploded beneath him. >> sat my bag down and five, six seconds later i woke up on the ground. >> reporter: his 6'3", 250 pound body bore the brunt of the
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blast. two other men were wounded. he woke up at a military hospital in germany four days later. >> you turned 25 years old and you're told you don't have any arms or legs. what goes through your mind? >> i thought of my soldiers. how are they doing. and then i guess i was rejecting my wife's phone calls. i was embarrassed. i didn't want to talk to anybody. >> what were you embarrassed about? >> i felt i was a horrible person, i did something wrong in life and getting paid back for it but that's not it. >> reporter: he's been recovering at walter reed national military medical center for six months. he's learning to use four prosthetic limbs and to do things once routine like feeding his daughter. >> what's it like being back in your home town? >> it's great. drove into town. i couldn't believe the yellow ribbons, the signs. welcome home travis. >> reporter: more than 6,000 people lined main street to
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honor mills and his wife. >> everything i was going through, my beautiful wife stood by my side the whole time. i want to thank her real quick. >> reporter: mills heard plenty of cheers when he played on this field in high school but never like this. he's still on active duty and hopes to one day train soldiers at fort bragg. >> this is not the end of my life especially having my 1-year-old there. she will never see me give up or fail. she will see me fall down but i'll get back up. i'm going to keep going. >> reporter: this isn't how staff sergeant travis mills imagined his life but it is a life he's grateful to have. elaine quijano, cbs news, michigan. >> coming up after your local news on cbs "this morning" analysis of last night's vice presidential debate. we'll hear from newt gingrich and former michigan governor jennifer granholm. shuttle "endeavour" hits the streets.
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we'll get an update. and jacob dillon talks about the reunion of his rock band. that and more later on cbs "this morning." that will do it for the morning news. happy friday. i'm terrell brown in new york. have a great weekend. ,,,,
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and i'm michelle griego. tis 4:-- time is 4-- here's lawrence with a check of weather. good morning, it's friday, october 12. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. >> lawrence, big weekend ahead. >> we have scattered showers in the south bay


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